Benefits of Light-Gauge Steel
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Benefits of Light-Gauge Steel
Light gauge steel structures have many of the advantages of light wood framed structures
Advantages compared with timber
Light gauge steel structures have many of the advantages of light wood framed structuresThe anatomy of a building is not dissimilar to that of the human body. Think of the skeleton as your frame. If your structure is strong and composed of the right materials, it will endure the test of time. It is essential that every building is safe and secure. So, let's investigate this further. The debacle of whether to use timber or steel frames is a confusing one for many builders as there are many misconceptions on the subject. A builder’s best ally, in making the correct decision on whether to build with timber or steel, is knowledge. The ramifications of making the wrong call could potentially be momentous in terms of costly repairs and longevity of a home.
Risks Associated with Using Timber Frames
Timber is a natural cellulose material and is milled with all its natural imperfections and inherent weaknesses. Timber frames are susceptible to damage in both termite infestation and internal surface stress fractures, the costs of which can be substantial. In comparison, Ezsteel steel frames and trusses are engineered to be stronger, more secure, and most importantly, termite proof.
According to research conducted by Archicentre, one in five Australian homes will suffer termite infestation within a five year period. Repair costs are commonly in excess of $40,000. Termite inspections and preventative treatments cost an additional $830 a year, with no guarantee of even preventing a termite attack. When it comes to protecting your home from termites, in the steel vs timber frames debate, steel is clearly the superior choice.
In some cases, “creaking or noisy frames'' have been earmarked as the reason for not using steel. The reality is that all framing products have the potential to move, although not all are noisy. Ezsteel frames are manufactured with the latest manufacturing technology. All sections are secured with specially designed screws as opposed to butt joints and nails for timber. Timber reacts to fluctuating environmental conditions of moisture, humidity and temperature extremes; it shifts and flexes resulting in movement and noise. Conversely, steel does not expand with moisture. Steel, unlike timber, will remain true and always maintain its original integrity.
When a timber frame becomes distorted due to environmental influences, including expansion and contraction, the frame movement results in cracking or fissures in the plasterboard. This is evident in surface cracks, cracked cornices and peaking of ceiling joints.As opposed to timber, when choosing Ezsteel steel frames, builders and homeowners have the reassurance of our generous warranty terms. Our steel frames do not shrink, warp, twist, or buckle. They are solid, straight, and true for perfect plasterboard application. In summary, builders and homeowners seeking to minimise risks associated with movement of frames, would be wise to consider steel frames from Ezsteel for their next project.